Building Trades Recovery Week begins with an Opening Ceremony in Boston, MA at the Local 7 Iron Workers Headquarters. The week continues with virtual programming on April 26, 27 and 28 and concludes with a national Job Site Stand Down in select locations across the country.
Day 1 | Monday, April 25, 2022
Welcome to Recovery Week
Opening Ceremony | In-Person
Local 7 Iron Workers, 195 Old Colony Avenue, Boston, MA 02127
3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
BTEA Northeast’s Second Annual Building Trades National Recovery Week Opening Ceremony will launch the construction industry’s weeklong substance use disorder awareness campaign, bringing the union workforce under one roof to hear from special guest speakers sharing personal stories about the impacts of addiction. Buffet dinner starts the conversation that includes several key notes.
Thomas S. Gunning
Massachusetts Building Trades Council
Former NBA Basketball Player and Founder
The Herren Project
Day 2 | Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Your Recovery Action Plan
These interactive, exploratory sessions are designed to help labor and management identify the signs of substance use disorder and navigate solutions to respond, intervene and how to ask for help.
Virtual | 10:00 a.m. EST | Live Q&A | On Demand
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
When we’re struggling with emotional and behavioral issues like addiction and mental illness, sometimes the hardest thing to try and understand is why. Why do you lean on certain substances? Why can it be impossible to stop? This session explores the anatomy of addiction.
Dr. Gregory Acampora
Psychiatrist, Massachusetts General Hospital
SESSION 2: SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
How can companies address substance misuse and mental health in their workforce? Presented by Washington University’s School of Medicine, Professor Dr. Ann Marie Dale provides an overview of the University’s most recent research project of substance use disorder in construction. Through the project research findings, the project research team identified several procedures that companies can integrate into their safety plans.
Dr. Ann Marie Dale, PhD, OTR/L
Professor of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine
Day 3 | Wednesday April 27, 2022
Creating a safe, drug-free jobsite is essential to protect your greatest asset: your workforce. During this panel discussion, CDC and OSHA discuss effective approaches to educate your workforce on substance use disorder, cultivate a recovery friendly workspace and integrate new practices to address worker mental health and wellbeing.
Timothy S. Irving
Deputy Director, OSHA Directorate of Construction
Douglas Trout, MD, MHS
Deputy Director, NIOSH Office of Construction Safety and Health
SESSION 4 : SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER: WHAT EMPLOYERS NEED TO KNOW & HOW TO RESPOND
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
What is substance use disorder (SUD)? How should you respond when SUD presents itself on the job? Key thought leaders in mental health, legal and the construction industry discuss tools and strategies to manage this workplace crisis, recognize warning signs and how to refer those in need of help to the right resources.
Partner, O’Reilly, Grosso, Gross & Jones, P.C.
Senior Director, Environment & Safety, Turner Construction
Recovery Specialist, Massachusetts Laborers Benefit Fund
Operations Office, Boss Steel, Inc.
Carpenters Assistance Program
PERSONAL JOURNEYS: STORIES FROM THE FIELD
ON-DEMAND: Kick Start Training
Get your company up to speed! Kick start your training to implement best practices for identifying and managing SUD in your company. These quick, 20-minute trainings are available on-demand and are accessible to all.
- NARCAN TRAINING
Presented by Boston Public Health Commission
- EIGHT SOLUTIONS: STOPPING THE PROBLEM BEFORE IT STARTS
Presented by Cal Beyer
- REASONABLE SUSPICION: A QUICK TUTORIAL
Presented by MAP
DAY 4: THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2022
A BRIDGE TO SAFEBUILD
In conjunction with Building Trades Employers Association of New York (BTEA New York)’s 2022 SAFEBUILD, a national industry safety forum, BTEA Northeast is partnering with BTEA New York to collaborate on strategies to build safer, better and smarter together.
SESSION 5: BEST PRACTICES TO HANDLE WORKER IMPAIRMENT
12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
A multi-regional collaboration to approach worker impairment on the job. The building trades industry faces unique challenges with the legalization of marijuana as well as the accessibility of other substances that affect worker impairment, citing major safety concerns and increased risk of accidents and injuries. How can contractors effectively approach impaired workers on the job, whether impairment is caused by marijuana, alcohol and/or other drugs? This session sheds light on how to keep your jobsites safe and drug-free.
Executive Director, Contractors Association of Greater New York
Director of Operations, Contract Division, Karas & Karas Glass Company Inc.
Thomas S. Gunning
Executive Director, BTEA Northeast
Lauren Rayner Davis
Associate, Labor and Employment Practice, Peckar & Abramson P.C.
Substance Abuse & Behavioral Health Counselor, IBEW Local 98
DAY 5: FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2022 | NATIONAL JOBSITE STAND DOWN
Honoring the lives lost in the building trades industry due to SUD, BTEA Northeast’s National Stand Down will conclude Recovery Week with a 150-second job site stand down. Every year, 150 workers out of every 100,000 lose their life to SUD – this stand down marks the 150 occupational deaths due to overdoses. Pledge your support for the largest stand down event to raise awareness of the growing opioid crisis impacting the industry.